Book Review: Megillat Esther

Megillat Esther by JT Waldman Esther’s story is set during the Babylonian Exile, when the nation of Israel was overrun, Jerusalem sacked, and the people taken into slavery. The Jews were scattered over the Babylonian empire and some of the king’s men schemed to wipe them out. The king had his own scheme–get rid of [Read More…]

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A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac by Margaret Rose Realy

A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac: Cultivating Your Faith Throughout the Year by Margaret Rose Realy I’m not a gardener. In fact, I’m so not a gardener that I realized I don’t have a single plant growing in my home. I have a few container plants on the front porch which I remember to water when [Read More…]

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Book Review: Anne Frank by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon

Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon Anne Frank’s story of hiding in occupied Amsterdam from the Nazis has had several treatments in several different mediums (all based on the diary that she wrote while in hiding). I was excited to discover this graphic-novel treatment at my [Read More…]

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The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb Genesis is the source for many illustrated books. Noah’s Ark is probably the most popular story in toddler books. Other stories are less kid friendly (like Noah’s drunken nakedness) and even less graphic friendly (like the genealogies). This book depicts the entire fifty chapters and aims at [Read More…]

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Book Review: The Reality of God

When I see a book about about the scientific evidence for God I have some trepidations. Especially since there are many ways this can go badly. So when I received The Reality of God: The Layman’s Guide to Scientific Evidence for the Creator by Steven R. Hemler for review I had that in the back [Read More…]

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Book Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

“Do you think that doing the right thing will always be pretty?” I really loved Rosamund Hodge’s first book Cruel Beauty (my review here). I was not sure how she could possibly match it, especially with a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood which is a fairy tale I’ve never cared for much. I am [Read More…]

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Book Reviews – Here and There

Bergoglio’s List – Nello Scavo This book investigates the time from when Fr. Jorge Bergoglio was 39 years old and on. In the multiple biographies I have read on him I have seen some mention of the work he did to get people out of prison and out of the country. It is fascinating the [Read More…]

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Book Review: Messiah: Origin adapted by Matt Dorff

Messiah: Origin adapted and edited by Matt Dorff, translations by Mark Arey, art by Kai Carpenter A lot of superhero franchise reboots suffer from the same problem. The adapters don’t appreciate the source material from which they craft a “new take on” or a “more relevant version of” someone like Superman, who has been ill-served [Read More…]

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Book Review: Aristotle for Everybody by Mortimer Adler

Aristotle of Everybody: Difficult Thought Made Easy by Mortimer J. Adler Writing a comprehensive and concise summary of Aristotle’s ideas is a difficult task, especially if the author wishes it to be accessible not only to the average reader but also to children in middle school. That ambition is what Mortimer Adler aimed at with [Read More…]

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McCammon’s Acknowledgements

For a while on my book wish list sat one called Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon. It finally landed on my actively reading list. I was pretty much totally caught unaware by the talent of this author, although somehow it made it to my wish list. Reading Swan Song I kept drawing comparison to [Read More…]

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